After a very relaxing and hot holiday over Christmas and New Year, we are looking forward to a new year full of excitement and opportunities!
We will be working hard this year to assist more farmers in this area and other areas in South Africa, that farm in carnivore country, with keeping their livestock safe and to offer them solutions to predation issues. Over the last years, the livestock guardian dogs have proven that they can make a difference and can bring stock losses due to predation down to zero. At the same time, we will be protecting Lions, Cheetahs, Leopards etc. from illegal persecution.
The Conservation Detection Dogs had a break over the Holidays as well. We reached temperatures of 42 degrees Celcius at 10 o'clock in the morning, which made it impossible for the dogs to work. Slowly we will get them back in training and get them ready for our winter and working season!
We will be working with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.ewt.org.za) and the International Rhino Foundation (www.rhinos-irf.org) on an anti-poaching project in Zimbabwe. We will be training a tracking dog that will be working in three different conservancies to track down poachers. For more information about the Rhinon situation in Zimbabwe follow this link: http://www.rhinos.org/zimbabwe-lowveld-rhino-program
Furthermore, we will be working with Working Dogs for Conservation (www.workingdogsforconservation.org) on a snare detection project in Southern Africa. Last year, we successfully worked together with Working Dogs for Conservation on the Zambia project where our dogs worked on the detection of Cheetah and Wild Dog scats.
However, most of our wintertime we will be spending surveying the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA) for Large Carnivore scats. We will be working with Faust and Gala to detect Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog scats in parts of Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The large carnivores in this area are under stress and threatened by illegal persecution and the continuous issuing of hunting permits. With this survey we will get a great idea of numbers and distribution of these animals and we will collect scientific evidence to support and implement protective measures.
If you would like to sponsor or support us on one of these projects - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Falco - the newest member of the Green Dogs Team also has a very excited and important year ahead. He is now 6 months and has turned into a big boy. His hair changed from black to blond and to black again. His legs still seem a bit tall for his body and ears a bit big for the size of his head, but he is gorgeous and his energy level goes through the roof! We will keep you updated on his carreer as a Conservation Detection Dog.
We wish everyone a wonderful 2013 with lots of love, luck and unforgetable moments and we hope for your support also in the new year!